DIY FLOATING NIGHT STANDS
Updated: Jul 12, 2021
I searched high and low for a minimalist style floating night stand that would coordinate well with our IKEA MALM (white stained oak veneer) storage bed. In order to access the bed drawers, the nightstand needs to "float" above the drawer. I found a few options that I liked, but they fell way outside of our budget at $220 a piece! So, we got creative and decided to try making these on our own and VIOLA! A perfect fit at a fraction of the cost of purchasing them.
We found that common pine board would closely match the tones of the bed and it was also a cost efficient material for this project.
COST FOR TWO NIGHTSTANDS: $94 DIY vs $440 online
Pneumatic nail gun (or good ol' hammer and nails)
Power Sander (or some sanding paper)
(2) 1"x12"x8" Common Pine Boards
(2) Door pulls
(8) 1/2" Flat Corner Braces
Wood filler to match stain
Screws and anchors (for attaching to wall)
THESE DIRECTIONS ARE FOR 1 NIGHTSTAND, SIMPLY REPEAT THE STEPS FOR A SECOND!
1. Start by cutting the box frame pieces with 45 degree angles to form 4 mitered joints. Our nightstands are 11"H x 15"L x 11.25" deep. (The 11.25 depth is the "actual" width of a 12" common board). So for one nightstand, cut (2) 11" pieces and (2) 15" pieces with 45" angles.
2. Glue the mitered edges with wood glue and use tie straps to tightly secure the frame, while the glue dries (suggest drying overnight). Since the bottom of the box won't be seen, we used a few nails for added security on the under side of the box.
3. Attach flat corner braces to the back corners of the box.
4. We didn't have wood filler on hand, so we used wood glue and sawdust to fill the in the corner of the mitered gaps.
5. Optional: Once the glue has dried, drill a hole in the back corner of the bottom of the box to easily conceal charging cords for devices (phone, tablet, etc.)
1. Cut the pieces for the drawer. Make sure to account for space for the drawer slides. Also account for space in the back of the box for a support bracket.
2 side piece dimensions: 4"H x 9.5"L
Back piece dimension: 4"H x 11"L
Front piece dimension: 4.75"H x 13.5" L
Bottom piece dimension: 12.5"W x 9.5"L
2. Glue the 4 sides of the drawer with wood glue. Attached the bottom to the sides with nails.
3. Attach the front of the drawer to the sides with a corner brackets on each side.
4: ATTACH BACK BRACE
I didn't get a photo of this step during assembly, so I've attached a photo of the back brace installed, after it was installed on the wall.
5: SAND AND STAIN BOX & DRAWER
Sand - We used a power sander to sand the surface and mitered joints.
Stain - I really liked the look of light wood (and we wanted to mimic the veneer on the bed) so we applied 2 coats of water based polyurethane.
6: INTALL DRAWER SLIDES
7: INSTALL NIGHTSTAND ON WALL
Attach the nightstand to the wall, utilizing the back brace. *Be sure to use screws and the appropriate anchors for your type of wall.
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